I have just completed the task of scanning and creating an eBook of an old Machester book containing tickets which go back to the 1830’s.
Malcolm Ross & Co. primarily sold cotton thread into Japan, China and India and this book was put together in around 1925 as a definitive catalogue of the trademarks used by Ross and their customers in the Far East. Judging by the style of printing and illustration, some of the tickets date from the 1830’s and there are some dates in the book as late as the 1920’s, so this collection is unique in that in spans the 100 years of printing and trademark development from plain color bookplate type labels, to 16 colour tickets….
The ethnic variety is astounding and if any of you can help translate or explain some of the text and imagery, I would really appreciate it. The reason why there are several ticket designs in a variety of colors is that each color denoted a different type of thread, so the buyer could buy using the color coding if they were illiterate.
I would be interested to know the meaning or use of these for instance
The book contains a photograph of an Indian looking child holding a cricket bat
and the ticket that was created from the photo, which shows that Manchester ticket printers used images supplied from foreign markets to create designs. I assume the child may be the son or daughter of the import merchant
Many of the tickets are listed as being printed by Norbury Natzio of Manchester which was a large printing company famous for employing Adolphe Valette at the same time these tickets were drawn, so maybe he had a hand in their creation.
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